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Newborn care

Updated on March 9, 2009

Infant and newborn baby care

Caring for your Newborn will help you reason things out, nothing is more precious to parents than a newborn baby, and rightly so. But caring for them can seem quite intimidating, knowing that your baby is not born with an owner's manual. There is an assortment of helpful ideas to get parents over those first bonding with Your Newborn to changing that first diaper, fortunately.


Choosing a qualified pediatrician is just one issue that pops up right away. Board certification indicates that the pediatrician has passed a sequence of examinations to test their level of proficiency in treating a variety of pediatric medical conditions. This gives you an additional level of confidence that you're selecting a pediatrician that has a certain level of competency and knowledge.

To verify your pediatrician's board certification status, visit the ABP at .



Newborns need immunizations more or less from birth. Parents should take their babies for regular routine well baby check-ups and routine vaccinations. They are more vulnerable to disease because their immune systems are still developing. Babies who receive their scheduled immunizations are less likely to die of SIDS, so claims that immunizations increase the risk of SIDS are not supported by research.



Colic is scientifically defined as crying or screaming for at least three hours a day, three occasions a week. Colic begins approximately around one month and reaches its peak at six to eight weeks and decrease by three or four months.

Babies often go through colic and other infant conditions that have unexplained origins.

Colic is not a disease but a pattern of excessive crying suffered by babies usually less than three to four months of age, with no apparent cause.

Infantile colic is a syndrome characterized by convulsive, extreme, and inconsolable crying without identifiable cause in a healthy infant. It has an effect on one in 10 babies, typically beginning at about three weeks of age. It might seem from the way babies would cry and scream at the top of their lungs that colic is hazardous to their health, but colic is actually not dangerous.

Hardly ever, extreme crying in babies first diagnosed with colic is later found to be related to health problems, baby formula, protein intolerance, fructose intolerance, cow's milk, or transmission of medication by-products through breast milk.


Since the skin is the body's first line of defense and the body's largest organ, caring for it should be a particular focus.

Baby skin

Protection for baby's skin ought to be enhanced by the daily use of suitable, well tolerated baby skin care products, created to reduce the danger of allergic reaction, and tested under dermatological control. Baby skin treatment products should be specially formulated to protect your baby's delicate skin, hypoallergenic, and moisturize.

Umbilical cord

Caring for the umbilical cord until it dries and falls off is one example, nearly all umbilical cords will drop off by the time the baby has reached two weeks of age. So parents should do their best to keep the umbilical cord dry, by cleaning it with alcohol regularly, so that it will fall off faster.

Diaper rash

Avoiding or treat diaper rash. Protecting your baby from diaper rash stand for protecting your baby's skin from the most frequent causes of diaper rash, normally contact with urine and feces or diaper rubbing.

Daily bathing

Bathe baby with the very mildest soaps or skip the soap completely, and just bathe or sponge bath with cool or lukewarm water and tap dry. Playing interaction games will help them feel secure in the water and for this reason you should make daily routine bath time a fun and enjoyable bonding experience for both of you.


Moisturizer helps protect against drooling, runny noses, sun exposure, windburn, and other irritations to a baby's skin. To reduce dry skin, a baby should be moisturized with fragrance-free lotion the moment after a daily, lukewarm bath.


Avoiding sunburn is a must; newborn skin can't handle the sun very well because it's very thin. Babies younger than twelve months actually should not be exposed to the sun period.

For your information:

Life threatening allergic reaction, if your child is allergic to peanuts, shellfish, or bee stings, brings an epinephrine kit with you and stashes one more in your first-aid kit.


There's an undeniable amount of baby clothing gear you just won't want to be without.

Baby clothing is generally available in many materials and for every occasion, they are soft and made of natural fibers which make them comfortable and easy to put on and remove. Baby clothing is a hot product at neighborhood yard sales. Shop on Fridays for the best choices; shop on Sundays for the best prices.

One way to resolve all those topics is to find out what newborns need before birth

Every parent will want to stock up on a few dozen easy to obtain simple items.

Diapers are obvious

Diapers and clothing are in direct contact with a baby's skin 24 hours a day - an excellent reason to invest in safe products. Cloth diapers and Organic are an excellent option, because no chemical substances are used to produce the cotton or make the diapers. Compared to the cost of disposables, diaper service is still a reasonably priced option for most.

Medical supplies is another

You'll need to have an out of reach portable well-stocked medical bag or medicine cabinet from the first day. So you can swiftly deal with the ins and outs of daily baby care for instantance, runny nose, temperatures, and other frequent illness that babies are subject to.

Take a look at our must-haves:

• acetaminophen or ibuprofen (Infants non-aspirin liquid pain reliever)

• Digital thermometer

• For insect bites and rashes hydrocortisone cream or topical calamine lotion (1/2 percent)

• For cuts and scrapes Antibacterial ointment

• A pair of safety manicure scissors

• To lubricate thermometer petroleum jelly

• Rubbing alcohol to clean thermometers, scissors, and tweezers

• A pair of sharp scissors

• For splinters and ticks Tweezers

• Insect repellent Child-safe

• Sunscreen lotion Child-safe

•A nonpointed-end nasal bulb syringe for sucking mucus out of a stuffy nose

• A variety of adhesive bandage strips in various shapes and sizes.

• Cotton balls Sterilized

• 2x2 and 4x4 inches gauze pads

• 1/2 to 2 inches wide gauze rolls

• Baby shampoo

• Adhesive tape

• Mild liquid soap

• Cotton-tipped swabs

•Moisturizing Baby cream to help soothe your baby's skin and prevent diaper rash.

• The American Red Cross's Standard First Aid & Personal Safety First-Aid manual. It gives detailed advice for handling both minor and major emergencies.

• To check sore throats a package of tongue depressors

• A heating pad

• For giving oral meds, a medicine oral syringe dropper, or calibrated cup or spoon

• An ice pack and hot-water bottle

•To check eyes, nose, throat, and ears a tiny flashlight

Your pediatrician recommended additional item:

• To treat infant diarrhea dehydration, fluids like Pedialyte

Baby food

Of course babies need to eat, too!

For the first six months, the simplest and healthiest choice is breastfeeding.

Mother's breast milk supply Colostrum also known as immune milk which is produced late in the pregnancy and after pregnancy and provided the baby with high carbohydrates, protein, and antibodies and low fat. Exactly what the newborn needs for nutrition and immune system development.

But some times that's just not an option for every baby or every parent therefore a good infant formula can be a real lifesaver, at this point.

Premature babies

Premature babies

Pregnancy as a rule lasts about 40 weeks. A newborn born 3 or more weeks early is premature.

Low birth weight premature babies represent a special challenge. Nature did not prepare these babies to survive, and they are even more likely to develop the usual range of baby problems, and may bring a few others along too like respiratory distress syndrome which can lead them to experiencing lifelong difficulties with breathing.

These infants may need care as newborns for a number of medical problems like, feeding problems, temperature regulation, apnea (irregular breathing) that require supplemental oxygen or a ventilator, or jaundice (which occurs when a baby's undeveloped liver initially cannot dispose of excess bilirubin, a yellow pigment in the body, created by the normal breakdown of red blood cells).

They're more prone to development problems and acquire allergies more readily, that's why they are carefully monitored, especially for the first year. Very premature babies will be seen by eye and hearing specialists. As well, keeping them (and all infants) safe from pets is a concern.

But there's more to newborn nurturing than meeting the purely physiological needs.

Sleeping problems

Dealing with sleeping difficulties, which can result from either psychological or physical causes, or a mixture, is part of practically every parent's everyday child development routine.

How to teach your child good sleeping habits?


• Make bedtime a special routine occasion that can be employed every were.

• Think about when is the best time to put your child to bed.

• Structured daily routine is best- consistent meal time, walk time, play time, nap time, and sleep time.

• Some kids need some type of active sound to help them fall a sleep i.e. parent reading to them or singing to them. Lullabies, baby lullaby CD, nursery rhymes CDs with white noise.

• Kids enjoy out door physical activities, and these activities will help them sleep at night.

• Has night approach, start turning down the lights to indicate bed time is near.


• Using formula, juice, or milk to pacify your child to sleep isn't a good idea. Babies who can self-soothe to sleep have longer continuous periods of sleep and longer total sleep times at night. Babies who feed too often during the day become hungry at recurrent intervals during the night.

• Avoid extended and complicated bedtime rituals because your baby will learn to rely on them.

• Speak to your pediatrician before you start giving your 5 month child solid food.

• Don't put distracting toys in your baby's bed at night.

• Don't threaten your child by saying I'll send you to your bed.

• Don't give your child sweets, food or drink with caffeine, 6 hours prior to bed time.

• Try to avoid your child watching TV during bed time.

• Having a TV in your child's bed room is a bad idea.


Hiring a nanny, a once-popular and now-resurgent practice: parents may also want to look into that. Having an extra pair of hands around, anyone with a newborn will surely appreciate that, especially those with expertise in child care and experience.

Families are looking for a nanny to assist with the rearing of their children and proud parents need or will want to take their newborn out into the world.

Trips to the pediatrician, grandparents and other places are a normal part of the newborns and parents' lives, and a nanny can assist in this area.

Learning how to do so conveniently and safely will be on everyone's list. That starts first and foremost, frequently right as you depart the hospital, with getting the correct car child safety seat.

Infant and newborn baby care

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      9 years ago

      These are some wonderful newbord care tips. I really liked your colic section as my youngest son had colic and that has by far been the hardest part of raising my four boys. We tried a variety of natural colic remedies and were finally able to control it,but it was a long hard road. If you would like to see the blog I created about colic and dedicated to helping other parents, it is located at


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